Cold-shooting UVA holds on, defeats #25 Wisconsin

battle 4 atlantisFourth-ranked UVA led by 15 at the half, but had to survive 7-for-27 shooting in the second half before defeating #25 Wisconsin, 53-46, to take the championship game in the Battle 4 Atlantis.

The ‘Hoos (6-0) led 33-18 at the break, but couldn’t get much going, with any consistency, in the final 20 minutes.

A D’Mitrick Trice free throw cut the UVA lead to five, at 40-35, with 9:46 left, and the margin would stay in that range pretty much the rest of the way.

An Ethan Happ layup with 1:37 left got the Badgers within 49-44, but De’Andre Hunter answered with a drive to the hoop with 1:22 to go to push the lead back to seven.

Another Happ post bucket got it back down to five with 1:12 left. Kyle Guy and Hunter then each made 1-of-2 free throws in separate trips, around a Wisconsin turnover and a missed layup.

Hunter had 20 points on 8-of-14 shooting to lead Virginia, which got 11 points from Ty Jerome, who shot just 5-of-17 from the floor, but had five assists.

Happ had 22 points and 15 rebounds for Wisconsin, which shot 43.8 percent from the floor (21-of-48) but committed 13 turnovers.

Virginia shot 37 percent (20-of-54) but had only five turnovers on the day.

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Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is available for $25.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
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